COGIC installing new Memphis leaders

April 4, 2013 in Faith Matters by David Waters

Members of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) will mark the largest leadership turnover in the Memphis-based denomination’s history at Monday’s official Inauguration of Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake of Los Angeles.

The ceremony coincides with COGIC’s annual April Call Meeting of the General Assembly Tuesday-Thursday. Bishop are other church leaders are expected to discuss a number of issues, including church finances and the annual convocation, to be held in November in St. Louis.

The service of installation for newly elected officers will begin at 7 p.m. at Temple of Deliverance COGIC, 369 G.E. Patterson Avenue Downtown. The public is invited.

Four Memphians will also be installed in office:

Bishop Brandon B. Porter
Elected to 12-member General Board of Bishops
Senior pastor of Greater Community Temple COGIC in Hickory Hill
Son of the late Bishop W.L. Porter of Memphis; grandson of the late Elder George T. Flagg, an Arkansas pastor

Elder Charles Harrison Mason Patterson
Elected National Treasurer
Senior pastor of Pentecostal Temple COGIC
Son of late Bishop J.O. Patterson Jr., grandson of late Presiding Bishop J.O. Patterson Sr., great-grandson of COGIC founder C.H. Mason

Elder David Hall Jr.
Elected to National Board of Trustees
Pastor of Johnson Holy Temple COGIC in Louisiana
Son of Bishop David Allen Hall of Memphis, grandson of a COGIC elder from Indiana.

Mother Georgia Macklin Lowe
Elected to National Board of Trustees
First Lady of Gethsemane Garden COGIC
Wife of Bishop Samuel Lowe of Memphis; cousin of Bishop Jerry W. Macklin of California.